Michael Jackson promoter found not guilty

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A jury reached a verdict Wednesday in a case claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson’s comeback concert was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed him. The verdict of not guilty was read at 3:30 p.m. PT. The jury did not believe that Dr. Conrad Murray was unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired, therefore AEG Live can’t be held liable.

The panel of six men and six women began deliberating on Sept. 26, more than five months after the start of the trial that offered an unprecedented look into the superstar’s private life.

Jackson’s mother sued concert promoter AEG Live LLC over the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009.

Katherine Jackson claimed AEG Live should have done a thorough background check on Murray.

The company denied hiring Murray and said he had been picked by the singer as the doctor for his upcoming shows.

The case provided the closest look yet at Jackson’s drug use and his battles against chronic pain and insomnia. It also took jurors behind the scenes in the rough and tumble world of negotiations with one of the world’s most famous entertainers looking to solidify his legendary status after scandal interrupted his career.

Witnesses said he saw the This Is It concerts as a chance for personal redemption after being acquitted of child molestation.

But as the opening date of the shows approached, associates testified that he had bouts of insecurity and agonized over his inability to sleep. They said he turned to the drug propofol and found Murray, who was willing to buy it in bulk and administer it to him on a nightly basis even though it is not meant to be used outside operating rooms.

Testimony at the civil trial showed that only Jackson and Murray knew he was taking the drug.

In his closing argument, AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam told jurors that the company would have pulled the plug on the shows if they knew he was using the anesthetic.

“AEG would have never agreed to finance this tour if they knew Mr. Jackson was playing Russian roulette in his bedroom every night,”

Brian Panish, a lawyer for the Jackson family, countered that AEG Live was negligent by not looking far enough to find out what it needed to know about Murray. He claimed in his closing argument that the lure of riches turned the company and Murray into mercenaries who sacrificed the pop star’s life in a quest to boost their own fortunes.

Panish asked jurors: “Do people do things they shouldn’t do for money? People do it every day.”

He said a $150,000-a-month contract to care for Jackson was a lifeline to help Murray climb out of his financial troubles, which included $500,000 in debt. AEG Live, meanwhile, had only one interest — launching a world tour for the King of Pop that would yield untold millions in profits, the lawyer said.

AEG Live’s lawyers framed the case as being about personal choice, saying Jackson made bad choices about the drug that killed him and the doctor who provided it. They said he was the architect of his own demise and no one else can be blamed.

Putnam said Jackson insisted on hiring the cardiologist, despite objections from AEG Live.

“It was his money and he certainly wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” the lawyer said.

Putnam portrayed AEG Live and its executives as victims of deception by Jackson and Murray. He showed brief excerpts from the “This Is It” documentary to show that Jackson appeared in top form just 12 hours before he died.

“AEG Live did not have a crystal ball,” he said. “Dr. Murray and Mr. Jackson fooled everyone. They want to blame AEG for something no one saw.”

Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for causing Jackson’s death and is due to be released in October after serving a two year jail sentence.

Jurors heard testimony from more than 50 witnesses, including Jackson’s mother and his eldest son, Prince, as well as days of testimony from AEG executives who were repeatedly asked about emails in which they discussed Jackson’s missed rehearsals and described Murray’s pay as a done deal.

They also heard about Jackson’s close relationship to many of his doctors, including Murray, who he first met in Las Vegas in 2007.

Katherine Jackson called the case a search for the truth about the death of her son and the trial featured potentially embarrassing revelations for both sides. AEG’s executives had their emails picked apart, revealing concerns that Jackson wouldn’t be able to perform the shows as planned, that a lawyer at their parent company referred to Michael Jackson as “the freak,” and that Jackson was derided even though the company had invested more than $30 million in his shows.

AEG Live, meanwhile, laid out Jackson’s medical history, presenting testimony about his use of drugs, including the powerful painkiller Demerol, for pain stemming from an accident that occurred decades ago while he was filming a Pepsi commercial. Jackson had no trace of that drug in his system when he died.

The lawyers called witnesses who recounted Jackson’s use of propofol dating back to the 1990s. In 1997, two German doctors administered the anesthetic to help the singer sleep between shows in Munich.

A few years later, Jackson requested the anesthetic from a dental anesthesiologist who refused, as did another doctor who testified that Jackson kept a box of propofol in his bedroom at Neverland Ranch.

On the issue of possible damages, expert witnesses for the company said any estimate of Jackson’s future earnings were speculative, and they showed the panel that the singer was deeply in debt and consistently spent more than he earned.

In the verdict form, jurors were first asked to decide the central question of the case — whether AEG Live hired Murray to treat Jackson. During the trial, they heard evidence that AEG had drafted a contract that was signed by Murray. But there were no indications that it was signed by AEG Live or Jackson.

Attorneys for the singer’s mother argued that Jackson’s signature was not necessary, but the company’s attorneys said the contract required his consent to be binding.

Jackson’s mother and his three children are supported by his estate, which provides a comfortable lifestyle for them and erased hundreds of millions of dollars in debts by debuting new projects and releasing new music featuring the King of Pop.
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now I hope his worthless parents will go away

they must have spent all the money they stole from the kid toucher
 

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It never ceases to amaze me how far the rich go to become richer. The guh was a junkie face it momma grab a buck and it was her fault
 

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This is why the legal system is so fucked up: The Jackson family CAN appeal the verdict in the civil suit.
So a jury finds AEG NOT liable and the people who sued AEG can appeal that verdict; that's insane and just unfair on every level.
 

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It never ceases to amaze me how far the rich go to become richer. The guh was a junkie face it momma grab a buck and it was her fault
We live at a time that personal responsibility and accountability is irrelevant; we're an all on you, none on me society and it's fucking disgusting.
 

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This is why the legal system is so fucked up: The Jackson family CAN appeal the verdict in the civil suit.
So a jury finds AEG NOT liable and the people who sued AEG can appeal that verdict; that's insane and just unfair on every level.
Having an appeals process instead of just trusting a jury to never make a mistake is unfair?
 

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Having an appeals process instead of just trusting a jury to never make a mistake is unfair?
It's not an appeal, it's a civil appeal that can only get you cash. As shitty as the OJ acquittal was, it was complete bullshit that the Goldman's could go back and sue him for cash after a jury found he wasn't guilty. It amounts to double jeopardy. If you want an appeal, do it through the criminal process, not the civil one.

Florida gets it right.
 

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It's not an appeal, it's a civil appeal that can only get you cash. As shitty as the OJ acquittal was, it was complete bullshit that the Goldman's could go back and sue him for cash after a jury found he wasn't guilty. It amounts to double jeopardy. If you want an appeal, do it through the criminal process, not the civil one.

Florida gets it right.
The Jackson's are allowed to appeal the civil verdict that found AEG not liable for Jackson's death.
The OJ verdict, while accurate, was in the criminal trial and the civil case was filed after. I didn't know that OJ could appeal that verdict but apparently he could...
I do agree that Florida does get it right; for once.
 

BIV

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The Jackson's are allowed to appeal the civil verdict that found AEG not liable for Jackson's death.
The OJ verdict, while accurate, was in the criminal trial and the civil case was filed after. I didn't know that OJ could appeal that verdict but apparently he could...
I do agree that Florida does get it right; for once.
You are nuts.
 

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While they do get rave reviews, I'm not sure how you have knowledge of my private parts...
You can't seriously think OJ was innocent...
 

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You can't seriously think OJ was innocent...
We discussed this in the Zimmerman thread and a couple other places; I've always believed that the verdict the jury rendered in 1995 was appropriate. If you want to discuss it at length, start a thread and I'll play.
 

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We discussed this in the Zimmerman thread and a couple other places; I've always believed that the verdict the jury rendered in 1995 was appropriate. If you want to discuss it at length, start a thread and I'll play.
Sorry, I'd rather talk to Fez about the word crazy.

Either he killed them, or he covered up for someone who killed them. Either way he's guilty of murder.
 

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You can't seriously think OJ was innocent...
Oj was found not guilty of the crimes he was charged with as the evidence was presented

All they needed was reasonable doubt and they got it. The second civil trial was for wrongful death and different evidence was presented at that trial and you don't need 100% agreement buy the jury.

Oj killed those people but the state not only dropped the ball they just threw it to the defense. There is no way he was going to get the gas not the juice. In the end his arrogant attitude got him locked back up. And it changed the system.
 

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the jackson family was really pushing it with this trial.
 

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Haha. Fuck them.



Katherine Jackson reportedly 'devastated' by verdict in son's wrongful death case, was counting on cash

After five months of testimony in the wrongful death suit filed by Michael Jackson's family against concert promoters AEG, a jury concluded Wednesday that while the company hired Dr. Conrad Murray to tend to Jackson's medical needs, he was not unfit or incompetent to treat the star.

So Jackson family matriarch Katherine – as well as the late entertainer’s three children – lose out big time.

“They were counting on at least $2 billion, so there's no question that those who wanted this suit are devastated,” a source closely connected to the Jackson family told FOX411. “Katherine wanted the money because the Jacksons don't have what people think they do. She gets money from the estate as does Prince, Paris, and Blanket, but once Katherine dies, she has nothing to leave her children, Jermaine, Jackie, etc… There is now going to be a lot of in-house fighting.”

According to our source, the decision also indicates that perhaps Conrad Murray wasn't exactly the monster he was painted to be.

“He wasn't unfit, the jury said, or incompetent. He simply caved to his famous patient's demands,” said the insider.“He shouldn't be in prison, he should have been dealt with by the medical board and civilly.”

Murray is currently behind bars after being found guilty of “involuntary manslaughter” in the June 2009 death of the King of Pop after injecting him with a lethal dose of sleeping anesthetic Propofol. Although sentenced to four years in prison in 2011, reports suggest he could be released early, perhaps at the end of this month.

Subsequently, the Jacksons filed suit against AEG alleging the company negligently hired and supervised Dr. Murray and pushed Michael way beyond the limits for his "This Is It" tour.

We’re told the verdict is going to take some time to sink in, since the Jackson family was counting on a big pay day.

“They felt that that sentiment would be on their side. They will now say that they just wanted to find the truth, well, the truth that was revealed was that Michael was indeed an addict and because he didn’t get help, he met the fate that he had set out for himself,” the source explained.

However, the family apparently won’t be slapped with mammoth legal bills as the deal they established was a “pay if we win” case, and there is a good chance they may appeal.

“This was not a surprising verdict at all. The jury clearly believed that MJ was responsible for his own demise, and that his family was merely trying to cash in based on public sympathy. The law was clearly not on their side,” observed California trial attorney, David Wohl. “But they can appeal and they most certainly will… Only that process will take years.”

Lawyers for both AEG and the Jackson family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.